Fully revised and reorganized by Anna Getmansky and Alejandro Quiroz Flores to fit the exciting new edition of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's Principles of International Politics, this accompanying workbook continues to feature class-tested, user-friendly exercises that walk students through the building blocks of the strategic method, ensuring that even novice students have the opportunity to develop and hone their problem-solving skills and can successfully apply what they have learned in the text. The fifth edition of Applying the Strategic Perspective: Problems and Models, Workbook introduces students to a wide range of problems so that they master basic principles as well as test their capabilities with more challenging material. Easy for students to use, and with perforated pages for turning in assignments, the workbook also comes with a solutions manual for instructors.

An Introduction to Game Theory

An introduction to game theory

Game Theory: Strategic Form Games

Exercise 4-1. The Prisoner's Dilemma in International Politics

The prisoner's dilemma fits any situation in which the following conditions are met:

  • two actors must make simultaneous decisions (or make a decision without knowing what the opponent will do or has done already),
  • defection always dominates cooperation, and
  • the preference ordering for both players is DC > CC > DD > CD.

We must meet all three conditions to call the game prisoner's dilemma; if the first two conditions are met but the preference ordering is different for each player, or the same for both players but different from the one here, it becomes a different strategic form game with different implications (see below). The ...

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